Truck & Driver reader Jim Gill (1941-2018) was taken on his final journey to Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham by the 1950 Leyland Beaver of Vintage Lorry Funerals.
Jim had a lifelong passion for lorries and started on a coal round. He worked for a number of companies in the area before putting his own fleet, J W H Gill Haulage, on the road, which worked for Pearce Waste Paper in Finway, Luton. Jim was forced to give up driving owing to ill health.
Jim’s daughter Jacky requested that a folded sheet, secured with old rope, be positioned at the rear of the Beaver’s deck. The cortege left Tring, travelling via Wendover and picking up the A413.
Many vehicles were bunched behind the Leyland and at the start of the dual-carriageway a number of cars flashed past the vintage lorry at 70mph. After that, nothing, as apparently a truck driver wanted to show his respect by straddling both lanes. Jim’s family would like to thank this driver for his thoughtfulness.
Jim is deeply missed by his daughters Jacky and Kay and all his many friends. Jim’s final wish was for his ashes to be scattered on the M1.
For more details of the 1950 Leyland Beaver, call 01225 865346 or visit vintagelorryfunerals.co.uk
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